The Indo-American Arts Council Announces Dates for the Annual Festival of Indian Music August 11th to 13th. - AmNews Curtain Raiser


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The Indo-American Arts Council Announces Dates for the Annual Festival of Indian Music August 11th to 13th.


The Indo-American Arts Council Announces Dates for the Annual Festival of Indian Music August 11th to 13th.

The Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) returns to New York City in its second year with a three-day extravaganza that promises to captivate audiences with mesmerizing melodies, soulful rhythms, and a celebration of India's rich musical heritage.

Spanning from August 11th to 13th, the IAAC Festival of Indian Music will take place at various iconic venues throughout the city. This year's festival holds special significance as it pays homage to the late Pandit Vijay Kichlu, one of the greatest proponents of Indian classical music. Kichlu's contributions to the world of music are immeasurable, and the festival will feature an emotional tribute to honor his legacy.

The festival's lineup is nothing short of remarkable. On August 11th, the Consulate of India in New York will host an exclusive screening of snippets from the documentary Raga Revelry, offering a glimpse into the extraordinary life and musical journey of Pandit Vijay Kichlu. This opening day tribute is a poignant way to remember and appreciate his invaluable contributions.

The following day, on August 12th, the renowned Merkin Hall at the Kaufman Music Center will become the stage for the "Queen of Folk," Malini Awasthi. With her powerful voice and remarkable talent, Awasthi will immerse the audience in the soul-stirring melodies of Indian folk music. This performance promises to be a captivating celebration of India's diverse musical traditions, showcasing the beauty of regional music through a collection of foot-tapping songs in various languages.

As the festival nears its conclusion on August 13th, Symphony Space will witness a grand finale performance that will leave a lasting impression. The legendary Sarod Maestro Amjad Ali Khan will take the stage, accompanied by his exceptionally talented sons, Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash. Joining them will be Ayaan's twin sons, Abeer Ali Bangash and Zohaan Ali Bangash, marking a truly extraordinary display of three generations of musical brilliance. This performance promises to be a mesmerizing journey into the realms of classical music, as the sarod's captivating sounds enchant the hearts of all music enthusiasts.

Dr. Nirmal Mattoo, Chairman of the IAAC, emphasized the festival's role in preserving India's rich musical traditions. "Preserving the rich traditions of folk and classical music is of utmost importance in today's rapidly evolving world," said Dr. Mattoo. "The IAAC Festival of Indian Music serves as a platform to cherish and uphold these age-old traditions, allowing us to connect with our roots and experience the profound beauty of our musical heritage.”

Sunny Thakkar, Music Festival Director, expressed his excitement for the event and the diverse lineup. "After the grand success of last year's star-studded Festival of Music, we are thrilled to curate the festival again this year and continue to bring something special to the audiences in New York City," said Thakkar. "Our aim is to create an immersive experience that showcases the diversity and magnificence of Indian music. This year's lineup promises to be an extraordinary journey through the realms of classical, folk, and intergenerational performances.”

The IAAC Festival of Indian Music has become a cultural highlight in the city, attracting artists and music enthusiasts from near and far. As the festival approaches, anticipation builds for the harmonious sounds that will fill the air, offering a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the vibrant tapestry of Indian music.

For more information about the IAAC Festival of Indian Music and ticket reservations, visit their official website at


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